Frequently Asked Questions

Contents

General Information About Thermal Imaging

Specific Information About Breast Screening

General Information

What is thermal imaging?

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is a non-invasive, non-radiation, painless medical testing procedure that records the thermal patterns of your body. It is used to:

Help in determining causes of pain
Aid in the early detection of disease and pathology
Evaluate sensory-nerve irritation or significant soft-tissue injury
Define a previously diagnosed injury or condition
Identify an abnormal area for further diagnostic testing
Monitor the progress of healing, treatment and rehabilitation
  

Is thermal imaging FDA approved?

Yes.  DITI was FDA approved in 1982 and the Meditherm camera (Med2000) was approved for imaging in 2000


Is thermal imaging covered by most medical insurance plans?

Some carriers do cover thermal imaging testing. Check with your individual provider and plan. Medicare does not cover this testing procedure. 


Do I need a doctor's prescription (referral) to have the testing done?

No, however, a doctor's prescription may help you receive reimbursement from your medical insurance plan, if you submit a claim. 


Who interprets the testing and will I receive a written report?

Your thermographer will submit your images and history report to a network of physicians who are trained and certified to read thermal images. A written report will be returned to your thermographer, who will then mail your report (and images) to you and your physician, if desired.



What parts of the body can be tested?  

Thermal images can be taken of the whole body or individual regions of interest, including breast, abdomen, upper body, lower body. Special studies can be done of smaller areas such as the hands, feet, cervical spine, head, etc.
Neurological testing can include "cold-stressing" the area by placing a hand or foot into cool water. DITI technology does not require cold-stressing for all testing situations.


Will my doctor accept the results of a thermal imaging scan?

Physicians are ethically bound to accept and follow-up on any testing a patient submits. Today, many medical tests are available without a doctor's referral. Discuss this with your physician.

Breast Screening

Why should I consider thermal imaging (DITI) for breast health screening?

DITI screening is the safest technology available, since it is non-invasive and non-radiating. DITI screening can be used by much younger women without any present or future health risk. DITI can and does provide the earliest indications of developing breast abnormalities.


Should all women have DITI?

Absolutely. DITI thermal imaging is for all women at any age (and men). It is especially important for women under the age of 50, who have the breast density which limits mammography evaluation. It is recommended women begin screening with DITI by the age of 20.

DITI testing is also recommended for women with breast implants, women who've had a mastectomy and women with painful fibrocystic disease. DITI is not a substitute for other testing, but is an important adjunct to a more complete breast health evaluation.


How often should I have a breast thermogram?

After the initial stable baseline is taken (this involves 2 tests taken 3 months apart), annual testing is recommended.



The value of breast thermal imaging is in its ability to safely monitor changes in breast physiology. Thermal patterns are established and then compared to subsequent tests.

To have just one breast thermogram is limiting its benefits. Monitoring breast changes at regular intervals of time may be your best assurance of good breast health!
   
 

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